High performance apparel for CrossFit: An overview

by Gabriel Simon

High Performance apparel for CrossFit is a big trend among serious Crossfitters

However, it’s often difficult to determine the right type of apparel for CrossFit for your needs. In this article I will review three of the most common types of performance clothing for CrossFit, outlining their benefits and why they might be suitable for your needs.

Dry/wicking clothing

Most sports clothing lines have their own version of dry, wicking clothing. Such clothing moves moisture away your skin, accelerates evaporation, increases ventilation and reduces chaffing. Essentially, if you wear wicking, fast dry apparel for CrossFit you will stay dryer, cooler, and have less chaffing.These are all desirable benefits. After all, if you’re doing your work out of the day (WOD) with sufficient intensity, you’re going to get very hot and sweaty!

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Jacco make an excellent dry, wicking shirt.  Additionally, it is anti-microbial, which inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi, preventing the shirt from smelling.

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Compression clothing

Compression clothing is another popular type of performance apparel for CrossFit. There are many proposed benefits of wearing compression clothing. Compression gear are usually made from materials that wick moisture away from the body. However, the most important function is that it reduces muscle soreness post workout and reduces the time taken for muscles to recover. Given the intensity of Crossfit workouts, any clothing that can facilitate faster recovery would is highly advantageous. For guys who want to keep their man-bits in place, compression tights have a similar effect to a jock strap, and many athletes use compression shorts for this reason. Finally, many people also wear compression clothing in cold weather as it helps to retain warmth and thereby increase performance during winter months.

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Skins (top) and Under Armour (bottom) are two premium brands for compression clothing.

Bamboo clothing

Recently, apparel for CrossFit (particularly shirts) made from bamboo has become popular. While the jury is still out on the efficacy of bamboo clothing, it has many proposed benefits. Firstly, it is silky and smooth to the touch, so it’s very comfortable to wear. It’s anti-bacterial, so it doesn’t get smelly, which is ideal for those of you who like to wear their workout shirts several times before washing it (I know you’re out there!). It’s also highly UV resistant, so you can do your WODs outdoors without worrying about getting sunburned. Finally, it is naturally wicking and breathable, so it will keep you dry and cool.

Many people are also attracted to bamboo clothing for CrossFit because of its environmental benefits. Bamboo grows more efficiently, using less fertilizers and resources to grow the raw materials. However, others argue that while bamboo itself is a very environmentally friendly crop, many toxic chemicals are required to process it into material and therefore the end result is actually less environmentally friendly than cotton clothing.

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Jacco specialize in bamboo apparel for CrossFit and have some excellent designs.

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